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Ross Goyne was awarded the MEFvic Engineering Excellence Award at the 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence Gala dinner on 20 March 2013.






Ross was presetned with his award by the chairman of the MEFvic Trustees, Warren Roberts

David Eltringham took out the IPWEAvic Engineer of the Year Award in 2013 at the 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence Gala dinner held at the Hotel Windsor on 20 March 2013.

An engineer whose his last local government position was General Manager Technical Services at the Horsham Rural City Council and who has made a significant contribution to the public works industry over the past 47 years.   Amongst other outstanding achievements he led the WIFT project on behalf of Horsham Rural City Council.  Other attributes include working at regional level in the waste and freight areas; aerodromes; emergency management with floods and fires to  content with; exception public consultation and stakeholder management skills; establishment of a “can do” service delivery attitude and resource with Horsham Rural City direct management team.     He is a past president of Engineers Australia Victoria Division and has a great interest in the CFA, military history, returned services league, and community groups such as Wimmera tidy towns, Wimmera river improvement committee,  and the Spirit of Australia foundation.

Congratulations David!

The judges have nominated the following submission in the top 20 across all categories listed here in alphabetical order by organisation:

Baw Baw Shire Council – Community Powered by the Sun

Cardinia Shire Council – Cardinia Shire Council New Civic Centre

Central Goldfields Shire Council – Customer Complaint System

East Gippsland Shire Council – Operations Depot

City of Greater Geelong – Eastern Park Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse

Glen Eira City Council – Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre

Horsham Rural City Council – Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal

Horsham Rural City Council – People Awards

Hume City Council – Global Learning Centre

Kingston City Council – Turning a Water Strategy into a Practical Capital Works Program

Mildura Rural City Council – The Mildura Theatre and Arts Centre

Monash City Council – Eaton Mall

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council – Peninsula Ave Rye – Flood Mitigation Project

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council – Mornington Peninsula Shire Waste Diversion Incentive Program

Northern Grampians – Monash Steps/ Stawell Steps

Northern Grampians – Flood Recovery Infrastructure Repair Program

Pyrenees Shire Council – People Awards

Warrnambool City Council – Lighthouse Theatre

Whittlesea City Council– Portable Buildings

Yarra Ranges Shire Council – Biodiversity Offset Program

Profiles of Top 20 Submissions

Our special IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence website profiles the top 20 submissions to the Awards for Excellence

The top 20 submissions will be show cased in the Hall of Fame at the 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference on the 20 and 21 March 2013

Winners in each category of IPWEavic AWareds for Excellence will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Wednesday 20 March 2013


The Grand Ballroom at the 2013 IPWEAvic Public Works Conference will be transformed into the 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence Hall of Fame on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 March 2013.  You can see the poster presentations of the top 20 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence on show.  Look for the QR code in the bottom right hand corner of each of the posters, scan the code with your mobile phone and be taken to the corresponding entry on the IPWEAvic 2013 Awards for Excellence website.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional display – you must register to attend.  Register here



The Award is made by the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria in recognition of outstanding engineering service within local government in Victoria.

Name of the Award

The Award is known as the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria Award for Excellence in Engineering and honours the distinguished career of Cedric Tuxen, an eminent Municipal Engineer and first Chairman of the Foundation.  The medal is duly inscribed with the recipient’s name and year of the award.


The Award is to be for an engineering professional within local government in Victoria who, as a member of IPWEA (Victoria), has:

1.         Throughout his/her career given outstanding service to local government in Victoria, or;

2.         Been responsible for the successful execution of a Victorian Local Government project considered to be of special significance.


Nominations for the Award:

Will be made by one of the following:

  • the professional engineer on his/her own behalf
  • an individual on behalf of an engineering professional
  • a Council on behalf of an engineering professional
  • by IPWEA (Victoria) on behalf of an engineering professional

Must contain:

  • full particulars of the person nominated
  • brief details of the outstanding service, or brief details of the significant project and his/her role

Must be lodged with the Secretary of the Municipal Engineering Foundation by email to by 25thJanuary 2013.

If further supporting information is required, this will be sought from the nominee.  Nominations are valid only for the year of nomination and will not be rolled over.


The manner of selection of the Awardee will be at the sole discretion of the Trustees of the Foundation.

Trustees Responsibilities

It shall be the practice of the Trustees to make a biennial award available, however the Trustees reserve the right to determine from year to year and either before or after calling for nominations of the award if an award is to be made.

Presentation of the Award

The award shall be presented by the Chairman of the Foundation to the successful nominee at an appropriate event as may be agreed by the Trustees.


MEF Victoria is making overseas study tour scholarship awards available to engineers who are working within local government in Victoria to participate in a Victorian group focused tour during 2013.

Nominations are now being invited for these scholarships.

MEF Victoria has formed the view that there are a number of important community issues regarding project management, storm water and waste management, impact of climate change, and the planning and delivery of public works where the results of research overseas may significantly benefit the municipal engineering profession.  The Foundation would welcome and give priority to nominations that address these important topics.  This is not to exclude other study topics of choice that has been a successful feature of the program in the past and particularly if the topic is important and has specific application to municipal engineers.

These scholarships provide for the selected recipients to attend the APWA Congress in Chicago, IL, USA from 25th to 28th August followed by a further two weeks study on an itinerary prepared by the study tour group that may include USA, Canada and UK.  The Foundation will provide grants of $10,000 to each engineer selected.

Closing Date

The closing date for scholarships is Friday 25th January 2013 and applications are to be forwarded to the MEF Secretary by email to

Further Details

Requests for conditions and specifications and all other enquiries regarding scholarships should be made to the Secretary, Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria, Telephone (03) 9699 1599 Fax (03) 9682 8977, (PO Box 5175, South Melbourne  3205) E-mail: or are available on the MEF Vic website at

Nominations for the 2013 IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence are now being taken.  Download an application form and details here

MEFvic Awardees 2012

September 3, 2012 | No Comments | Awards

The 2012 MEFvic Awardees luncheon was held on 10 August at The Sebel Albert Park.  Sovereign Financial sponsored the luncheon.  Chairman of the trustees, Warren Roberts, congratulated the three groups of awardees.







Students who were granted scholarships to attend the IPWEAvic Public Works Conference in March 2013.








The awardees who are to attend the APWA conference and particpate in a study tour in US during august/september 2012








The awardees who went on the european study tour and attended IFME conference in Helsinki in July 2012.

The Municipal Engineering Foundation has made two scholarships up to the value of $1,000 each available to attend the 19th National Works and Engineering Conference to be held in Bendigo on 27th and 28th September 2012.

To apply please send and email to CEO IPWEAvic, Dr Anne Gibbs, ( stating your Name, Organisation, Position, a brief outline of why you should be given the scholarship, and your contact details.

Preference will be given to rural engineers.

Applications close Friday 14th September 2012.


The IPWEAvic Awards for Excellence Judging Panel have released the top 20 entries in the 2012 Awards for Excellence.  From these top 20 entries winners will be announced in the categories of Capital Project Award (Under $3M), Capital Project Award (Over $3M), Asset Management Award and Innovation/Service Delivery Award.  The Top 20 Entries in alphabetical order are:

  •  ARRB – Local Road Deterioration Models
  • Boroondara City Council- Boroondara Netball Pavilion
  • Boroondara City Council – Gardiners Creek Trail
  • Boroondara City Council – Kew Recreation Centre
  • Boroondara City Council – Markham Reserve Playground
  • Brimbank City Council – North Sunshine Industrial Area Special Charge Scheme
  • Cardinia Shire – Pakenham Library
  • Darebin City Council – Lancaster Gate Community Centre Redevelopment
  • Glen Eira City Council – Integration of asset management system with customer service and maintenance systems
  • Glen Eira City Council – Truck Wash & Wet Waste Handling Facility
  • Greater City of Shepparton –Victoria Park Lake Redevelopment, Shepparton
  • Greater City of Shepparton IDM Group – Infrastructure Design Manual
  • Hume City Council – City Entrance
  • Kingston City Council – Mordialloc Instructural Precinct, Managing Stormwater as an Asset
  • Knox City Council – Wicks Reserve Bio-infiltration System, The Basin
  • Mildura Rural City Council – The Langtree Mall
  • Moorabool Shire Council – Bacchus Marsh Civil & Community Hub Redevelopment
  • Pyrenees Shire – Waubra Community Hub
  • Wellington Shire Council – The Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, Sale
  • Whitehorse City Council – Refurbishment of Nunawading Library
  • Wyndham City Council – Saltwater Reserve Synthetic Oval

Its not too late to grab a ticket for the Gala Dinner to be held on 28th March 2012 at the Windsor Hotel Grand Ballroom.  Download a registration brochure HERE or go to the website at to register for the dinner.

All winners will be profiled on out dedicated awards website



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